Carlow is a vibrant town with a rich rural history, surrounded by a picturesque countryside. However, with so many attractions it can be difficult deciding what to see. Fortunately we have put together a list of attractions in one of Ireland’ most beautiful counties.
Ten things to do and see in Carlow.
Ever wanted to go to a chocolate factory? The chocolate Garden of Ireland is a modern chocolate and ice cream factory. Offering tours where you can try award winning handmade chocolate, hot chocolate and ice cream. A paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth. The chocolate garden also offers daily chocolate mold making. Here you can decorate your own coco creation and enjoy delicious ice cream while you wait for your mold to set. The Gardens is sure to be a favourite with kids, boasting slides and sandpits and other leisure activities in the play zones.
One of the most impressive centres of Art in Europe, the VISUAL centre is a cultural gem in the middle of Carlow town. The VISUAL centre gallery displays, local and international, contemporary art with free admission. This centre also includes workshops for different age groups, a cinema with a diverse range of independent films,dance, theatre, talks and events.
Winner of the Trip Advisor certificate of excellence, Delta is a perfect space for anyone wanting peace and tranquillity. These scenic gardens consist of 2.5 acres of land, decorated by of the country’s top designers. Beginning as a centre for people with intellectual disabilities, it has now become one of Ireland’s leading attractions. The Delta Sensory Gardens also a craft shop, cafe and hosts events throughout the year.
Journey back in time with a visit to the Carlow County Museum. This museum offers guided tours about the rich history of Carlow. This includes everything from the ancient burial sites to the county’s landmark sugar factory. The museum also has a focus on more recent cultural achievements from influential personalities and Carlow sport clubs.
Rancho Reilly is the ultimate location for family fun. This Ranch in the Carlow countryside has everything your kids could possible want. A pet farm, crazy golf, sunken trampolines and picnic tables, are just some of the many things in the outdoor area. The more easygoing, indoor area contains a soft area for children aged 3-11 and a comfortable coffee shop, with a burning stove so the adults can relax.
Are you a fan of the Tudors? Then you’ll love the Tudor Gothic Mansion. Borris House was modeled after an 18th century house and a former 15th century castle, making it a landmark of Irish architectural history. Tours to see this mighty mansion can be booked online.
When it comes to brewing companies people tend to think of Smithwicks and Guinness. However the Carlow Brewing company or as it’s also known the O’Hara Brewing company, is one of the largest brewery in Ireland. After 100 years this brewery revived, Carlows long tradition of malt and hop production. During the Carlow Brewing Company tour you can meet the brewing team and discover Ireland’s wonderful craft beer history. The tour also includes the chance to taste and compare award winning brews.
If you enjoy outdoor activities then this is the place for you. Go With The Flow Adventures has canoe fun for every level. This includes water rapids and a river safari. Go With The Flow also organise Hen and Stag day outs, which will make your special day, original and unforgettably fun. If you like adventure then this is one of the best things to do in Carlow.
Originally constructed in 1625 by Sir Laurence Esmonde, Huntington castle screams authenticity. So much so that the relatives of Esmonde still live there today. The Huntington Castle boasts some impressive features, such as the Georgian terraces and castellated Victorian extensions. The castle offers 45 minute tours where you visit the Victorian kitchen, Jacobean hall, 17 century pond and even a spooky temple in the basement of the castle. Outside Huntington Castle there is also some 500 years old gardens, making for a stunning wedding location.
Paintball with skill! Special Ops Paintball gives players the strategies and skills to get the most out of their game. Located in the Irish countryside with the latest equipment, this is the ultimate experience for paintball fanatics. Special Ops Paintball has been running for over 15 years and has some of the most professional staff in the Paintball world.
For more information on these attractions and the many other things to do in Carlow, visit carlowtourism.com